Jenelle Evans, star of Teen Mom 2, has succeeded in her weight loss goals in just 11 months. The 23-year-old flaunted her fabulously sleek physique on a vacation in St. Thomas. And if that sounds like deja vu to Teen Mom fans, it’s because while this visit was with David Eason, her new boyfriend, less than year ago Jenelle was in the same exotic place with her now-former guy pal Nathan Griffin, reported Us Weekly.
Evans didn’t hesitate to show off her weight loss by comparing her bikini photos.
“Left Is January 2015, Right November 2015,” wrote Jenelle.
Evans, who has two children, now wears a size two, and she revealed it’s the first time in her adult life that she’s slipped into that teeny-tiny size.
Jenelle and Eason became a couple in September, and they enjoyed Halloween with the children before going off to St. Thomas. Jenelle’s little boys include 16-month-old Kaiser, whose daddy is Griffith, and 6-year-old Jace, whose father is a different ex, Andrew Lewis.
As for precisely how Evans shed all that weight, Jenelle credits a low-carb diet combined with exercise, reported In Touch.
Weighing just 108 pounds, Jenelle works out regularly, drinks a lot of water, and cuts the carbohydrates. In addition, Evans shared that she’s been relying on a waist trainer to slim down.
But is waist training safe? Among the waist-training celebrities who swear by using a product similar to an old-fashioned corset are Jessica Alba, Khloe Kardashian, KimKardashian, Kylie Jenner, and Amber Rose, reported Marie Claire.
The concept involves putting on the waist trainer so that it cinches the abdominals and core muscles, back, and hips, then keeping on the corset to a specified period daily to transform your shape.
However, breathing can become an issue because the waist trainer actually presses on the ribs and lungs. Among the dangers that result from such pressure are fainting, fracturing your ribs, compressing your lungs, and even crushing your organs, warns Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., weight loss and nutrition expert at Mount Sinai Hospital.
And the biggest issue, according to Ochner, is that it just does not help to take off pounds or reduce fat.
“Spot reducing doesn’t exist,” contends the weight loss expert. “You can’t reduce the collection of fat in any one particular area of your body. If you push your stomach in, all the fat will go right back to where it was no matter how long [you wear the corset] for.”
Although it may not hurt every individual who wears a waist trainer, experts such as Ochner recommend trying other remedies for weight loss. Jenelle also shared that she used a low-carb diet, so how does that stack up?
Low-carb diets won in a recent study that revealed cutting out bread, potatoes, and pasta works better than eliminating butter and cheese, reported the Telegraph.
Conducted by Harvard researchers, the study included nearly 70,000 dieters. Those who reduced the fat in their diets weighed two and a half pounds more after 12 months compared to those who cut the carbohydrates and went for a low-carb weight loss plan like Evans.
Although low-fat diets traditionally are recommended, an increasing amount of research advocates for low-carb plans. This particular study showed that although the low-fat dieters did better than if they kept their current eating habits, it was those on low-carb diets who did the best over time, shedding two-and-a-half pounds more.
“Despite the pervasive dogma that one needs to cut fat from their diet in order to lose weight, the existing scientific evidence does not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions for long-term weight loss,” said Dr. Deirdre Tobias at Bingham’s Division of Preventive Medicine. “In fact, we did not find evidence that is particularly supportive of any specific proportion of calories from fat for meaningful long-term weight loss.”
[Image via Jenelle Evans/Instagram]